Greenhouse Lounge Reunites for Show with The New Deal in Jacksonville
We were beyond excited to hear about The New Deal’s current tour after the band had taken considerable time off. They also have an excellent new album Phoenix and are excited to reengage with jamtronica/livetronica fans.
Their show November 23 at 1904 Music Hall in Jacksonville is as close as they get for this reviewer, and we are excited for that show. That level of excitement has just gone through the roof, however, with this announcement:
Greenhouse Lounge has been on my radar ever since my first Bear Creek Music and Arts Festival in 2009. Their livetronica has always been impressive. They graced Bear Creek and AURA several times and played a fabulous set at Reunion: Campground Concert Series, all at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. In December of 2015, they announced their last club date before they would go on hiatus, playing a special show at Crowbar in Tampa for Julia Stewart’s Moongoddess Productions at the MG Holiday Charity Drive. It was awesome.
Then, at AURA 2016, the band played their last festival date (03.03.16), and they crushed.
Greenhouse Lounge saved their best for last. They had played their last club show in Tampa in December, and this AURA set would be their last for the foreseeable future. MusicFestNews photographer David Lee, whose superb work accompanies this article, was camping near them and had a nice time talking to them. They simply found themselves heading in different directions. We always prefer harmonious separations. Here is the GHL Facebook message:
“Lastly, we thank all of you for the love and support all these years and through our hiatus. We will be back and promise it will be that much better. Thank you for your understanding as we take this break to grow as individuals and better ourselves so we can return and bring new life and renewed energy to our music.”
Their set was pure dynamite. You could have seen their smiles from space. There were sit-ins from artist-at-large Scotty Zwang (Dopapod) and from Jason Hunnicutt. For one of the tunes where they chose to play on top of a recorded track, they picked “Oye Como Va,” the original by Tito Puente. We look forward to their return.
And they are back! That return is just two weeks away. As noted, the band includes Steve Honig, guitar; Will Begley, keyboards, synths; Dave McSweeney, bass; and Jason Hunnicutt, drums. Honig is also a member of S.P.O.R.E., Traildriver, and Cowford Town Band. Begley was from Lucky Costello and now plays with Side Hustle. [Original guitar/production man Zach Weinert has now paired with twin brother Charles in MZG, and they work out of Colorado.]
A word about Jason Hunnicutt. In addition to playing just about everything with a wide variety of bands, he put together 1904 Music Hall, truly a musician’s paradise. The name comes from the fact that the building was erected in 1904. Looks pretty good for 115!
And a word about Dave McSweeney. This man is a beast. Purple Hatter’s Ball 2018. McSweeney was playing with Hive Mind — and he was on crutches or bouncing around with out them. What? Toubab Krewe needs a bass player for their set on short notice? Go that covered, too!